The Star (Nairobi)

21 December 2012

Kenya: Kisumu Nurses Launch Anti-Nyong'o Campaign

The government it may seem has made good its threat to sack all striking nurses. ( Resource: Kenyan Govt To Sack Striking Nurses

STRIKING nurses across Kisumu have launched a campaign against Medical Services Minister Anyang' Nyongo's senator bid.

They have asked members of the public to ensure the minister does not clinch the seat because he is "not interested in Kenyans health issues".

Speaking through their leaders when they held a protest in Kisumu town yesterday, they said the minister's sacking threats would not cow them vowing to continue with the strike until their demands are met.

Nyanza Secretary General Maurice Odhiambo, of the yet unregistered Kenya National Union of Nurses said it is regrettable that the Medical Services docket has been marred by numerous strikes yet the minister has not faced disciplinary action from his bosses.

"This time round we have decided to teach him a lesson. We will mobilise everyone who has suffered due to the minister's arrogance and failure in his ministerial docket to ensure they do not vote for him," he said.

Speaking at the same event, Nyanza vice chairman National Nurses Association of Kenya Agnes Dawa told the minister to stop calling them names saying it would not deter their determination.

She said they are calling for employment of all nurses on contract, replacement of all nurses who leave nursing through retirement or resignation, continuous employment of all qualifying nurses, improved medical equipment in public health facilities and transparency in promotion of nurses.

"Nurses also want money deducted against their wish to other unions stopped since this a violation of our rights," she said. Anyang' Nyong'o has threatened nurses that police will arrest and charge leaders of the striking nurses.

He claimed leaders have engaged in criminal activities as they urge their members to remain on strike. Union leaders refuted his claims and promised to soldier on with the strike.

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